Lenox Township Hall

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Lenox Township Hall is Michigan’s first LEED Certified township hall. The Public areas feature large windows carefully screened to reduce solar gain yet provide fabulous views of the rain garden. Each private office has an exterior window for natural light. Additional light floods the 4,000 sq. ft. Community Room via windows tucked under the triangular roof overhang and vertical windows in the exterior wall.

Forty-two geothermal wells under the parking lot provide the source for heating and cooling. This allows for 30% less energy use than office buildings of the same size and use. Another sustainable design feature is the reflective white roof, which absorbs less heat and avoids the creation of artificial hot zones. The project promotes storm water treatment, alternative transportation, reduced water consumption, low heat absorbing structures, energy efficiency, improved indoor air quality, improved thermal
comfort for occupants, maximum use of daylight and views, recycled and regionally manufactured materials and the careful management of construction waste.

Project Details:

Project Name:
Lenox Township Hall
Client:
Charter Township of Lenox
Location:
Lenox Township, MI
Cost:
$4,200,000
Sq Ft:
19,500
Completed:
2008

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Northville Fire Department

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French Associates was contracted by the government and public safety officials of the Charter Township of Northville to design a new fire station, police headquarters and township hall. Originally, the township offices were combined with the police and fire departments in a dated, cramped facility.

The fire station accommodates multiple fulltime fireman. One wing dedicated to living quarters includes a sleeping room, dayroom, kitchen, lockers and exercise area. The administration wing contains offices, a training room, and other administrative functions. The wings flank an apparatus bay, complete with underground exhaust system and an active training tower. The building’s design is reminiscent of traditional architecture found in the surrounding neighborhood. Pitched roofs, brick-and-stone exteriors and accented windows blend the facility harmoniously into its suburban setting.

Project Details:

Project Name:
Northville Fire Department
Client:
Charter Township of Northville
Location:
Northville, MI
Cost:
$4,000,000
Sq Ft:
24,000
Completed:
2004

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Grand Blanc Police Headquarters

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The new Grand Blanc Township Police Headquarters building is the first construction project on a planned municipal campus. The traditional design of the Police Headquarters includes a brick-and-stone faÁade and is reminiscent of days past, yet it houses some of the most advanced computer, security and surveillance technology available. The main level features a multi-purpose Public Meeting Room, dispatch office, five individual holding cells, a group holding cell and detoxification cells. The Detective Bureau accommodates eight detectives and two D.A.R.E. officers in a mix of work stations and enclosed offices. The Patrol Department includes an officer roll-call room, ten officer work stations and enclosed offices. Conference and interview spaces, an enclosed Sally-port and forensic evidence garages are also located on the main level.

The 16,100 square foot lower level of the building houses locker rooms, a unisex training room, an evidence processing area, enclosed six -lane gun range, and storage rooms.

Project Details:

Project Name:
Grand Blanc Police HQ
Client:
Grand Blanc Township
Location:
Grand Blanc, MI
Cost:
$11,500.000
Sq Ft:
41,190
Completed:
2008

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52 – 3rd District Court

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This court facility is situated on a 9.2-acre parcel and houses two separate county functions; The courthouse and Sheriff’s substation. It is designed to allow a future property division between those two functions. It is a distinctive two-story classic brick-andstone structure reminiscent of historic judicial architecture. The major difference is, of course, the addition of state-of-the-art technology and security systems.

The 52-3 District Court houses four Court Rooms with additional areas for Administrative Support, Clerk, Detention, and Probation functions. The Sheriff’s Substation is connected through a secure corridor for easy transfer of detainees.

The Substation has a separate public entrance. Significant measures have been taken to keep the functions of these facilities operating separately yet able to enjoy the benefits of being adjacent.

Project Details:

Project Name:
52-3rd District Court
Client:
Oakland County
Location:
Rochester Hills, MI
Cost:
$11,573,000
Sq Ft:
53,344
Completed:
2004

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47th District Court

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When the 47th District Court, serving Farmington and Farmington Hills, outgrew their existing facility, they chose the architectural team of French Associates Inc., in association with Washington D.C. based Spillis/Candela DMJM, to design their new facility.

Located on the existing Farmington Hills Municipal Campus, the 40,000 square foot, two story building houses three court rooms, a Magistrate’ s hearing room, court administration, probation and related spaces. The Courthouse shares the campus with the Farmington Municipal Building and Fire Station. It has a vehicle ramp which allows access to the lower level sally port adjoining the Police Station. The project also included the redesign of the auto circulation and parking areas for the entire campus.

Project Details:

Project Name:
47th District Court
Client:
City of Farmington Hills
Location:
Farmington Hills, MI
Cost:
$11,712,824
Sq Ft:
43,640
Completed:
2003

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41-B District Courthouse

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The 41-B District Court was formerly housed in two separate facilities. The three communities in the court’s jurisdiction consolidated operations into one facility. The classically inspired exterior of the new building pulls materials from the nearby Fire Station and will create a common language for municipal facilities in the area.

The two story, 46,000 square foot facility includes a ground-level sally port, basementlevel holding cells, three courtrooms, a magistrate hearing room, probation department, court administration and ancillary support spaces. Separation of the public, private and prisoner circulation systems is integral to the physical plan. This is merely one component of the security and technology systems.

The building also utilizes an energy-efficient ground source geothermal loop for heating and cooling, which will provide superior control and comfort for the occupants while consuming less energy. This ultimately saves operating costs for the life of the building.

Project Details:

Project Name:
41-B District Courthouse
Client:
41-B District Court Management Council
Location:
Clinton Township, MI
Cost:
$13,500,000
Sq Ft:
46,000
Completed:
2008

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16th District Court

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The 16th District Court, located in the Civic Center complex of the City of Livonia, will complement the existing municipal buildings while improving the functionality of the court for all users. The court will have two full courtrooms, one magistrate hearing room, court clerk support space and an active probation department. Courtroom technology will be state of the art, improving security and efficiency of court operations.

The 38,600 sf facility is a two story building with security features inherent to the plan of the building. Circulation paths of users, including staff, public and in-custody persons are distinct and separate, while providing a strong sense of the transparency of the judicial process for all. The building is sited purposefully to enhance the frontage of the municipal complex and the architectural character will establish a sense of importance of the proceedings within.

Project Details:

Project Name:
16th District Court
Client:
City of Livonia
Location:
Livonia, MI
Cost:
$10,000,000
Sq Ft:
38,944
Completed:
2010

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Shelby Police Department

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The Shelby Police Station is a simple and efficiently designed building in order to fit the tight budget the township had available. The original program called for approximately 25,000 which was to be created by adding onto the first floor of the existing township hall building where the police department was originally located. We suggested that rather than being bound by several limitations of the existing building, they consider building a new building and locating the most critical program needs in the new building. This would allow supplemental meeting spaces, storage and fitness areas in the vacated space in the existing building. We also suggested that these spaces be shared with other township departments.

The new building includes a public lobby, records department, detective bureau, narcotics offices, administrative offices, squad room, dispatch center, sergeants offices, lieutenant’s offices, holding cells, sally port garage, officer locker rooms, evidence lab and property room storage. Exterior materials of brick, polished concrete masonry and stone were used for their durability and sense of stability.

Project Details:

Project Name:
Shelby Police Department
Client:
Charter Township of Shelby
Location:
Shelby Township, MI
Cost:
$4,000,000
Sq Ft:
17,500
Completed:
2012